Summer Fun 2012
Drinks

Remaking the margarita for summer: Does dropping the tequila make for easier drinking?

Remaking the margarita for summer: Does dropping the tequila make for easier drinking?

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Vida Tex Mex's selection of non-tequila margaritas Courtesy of Vida Tex Mex
News_Marcy_Vida Tequila-less margaritas_May 2012_Vida Tex Mex selection of non-tequila margaritas
Vida Tex-Mex  Courtesy of Vida Tex Mex
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The Inca Rita at Vida Tex Mex Courtesy of Vida Tex Mex
News_Marcy_Vida Tequila-less margaritas_May 2012_Vida Tex Mex selection of non-tequila margaritas
News_Marcy_Vida Tequila-less margaritas_May 2012_Vida Tex Mex selection of non-tequila margaritas
News_Marcy_Vida Tequila-less margaritas_May 2012_Inca Rita

Just in time for a summer fiesta, Vida Tex-Mex promises to be festive with a new patio area and a creative take on a Mexican tradition: A new menu of tequila-less margaritas. I know what you’re thinking . . . if it’s sans the tequila, is it still a margarita?

Technically not, but Vida general manager Marc Sierra, argues “Vida is attempting to go outside the norm and spare you the tequila bite. Acidity can take away from the dining experience whereas these are a sweeter version.”

 “Vida is attempting to go outside the norm and spare you the tequila bite. Acidity can take away from the dining experience whereas these are a sweeter version.” 

For those willing to try something new, my favorites from the alternative margarita list are below. Traditionalists need not worry though. The classic margarita is still on the menu. So many drink options, so much the better. Every margarita enthusiast’s palate is sure to be satisfied.

The Amarita’s main ingredient is Amaretto di Saronno. It provides an undertone of almond flavor. Add organic agave nectar, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice for a splendidly-flavored beverage.

Slightly spicy, the Inca Rita is a blend of Pisco Porton plus Grand Marnier and fresh lemon and lime juices. The Grand Marnier stands out lending the drink a candied orange peel flavor.

An even bolder alternative to standard margarita, the Toronto Rita’s is made with Crown Black Whiskey, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice. The first thing you’ll notice is the darker color, courteous of the whiskey. Take a sip and you get hints of caramel and vanilla. The refreshing Toronto Rita is slightly more tart than sweet.

The Acapulco Jerry and the St. Kate are both made with orange liqueur, rum and lime juice, but the similarities stop there. The Acapulco Jerry is 50 percent rum and 50 percent tequila for a more traditional margarita slant. The St. Kate adds St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. The rum and orange liqueur harmonize for a combination of floral, citrus and vanilla notes.